Barry Callebaut opened a chocolate factory in Monterrey, Mexico, to service the Southern U.S., Mexico, and Central and South America. The $40 million facility can produce 100,000 tons of chocolate annually.
Barry Callebaut has added production capacity to the Mexico City chocolate facility it purchased in 2011. The expansion adds 140 jobs and 65,000 metric tons of capacity, and will help the company expand in emerging markets. "Moving closer to our customers puts us in an even better position to continue opening up the Mexican confectionery market," said Dave Johnson, Barry Callebaut Region Americas president. "This attractive market is expected to grow significantly over the next years."
Through its partnership with Chocolates Turin, Barry Callebaut has opened its first Chocolate Academy in Mexico and its 14th worldwide. The Mexico City facility provides training for confectioners that is specific to the Mexican market.
Mars and Hershey are offering their customers ways of "trading up" without having to spend on premium chocolate brands. M&M's Premiums, Dove Desserts and Bliss offer everyday indulgences within a budget.
Dark chocolate contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of instant tea, as well as other stimulants that could keep you awake at night. Milk chocolate has less caffeine, and white chocolate has little to none of it.